Question about Toshiba 250GB TOSHIBA USB 2.0 PORTABLE EXTERNAL 25 250 GB Hard Drive

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Hi there, I have a Toshiba external HDD 250GB that is giving me some problems and need some urgent help! When I plug my external HDD into my laptop everything seems to work fine. The lights come on, the laptop recognises the devise, and I can open the folders on my laptop...BUT whenever I need to copy folders to one of my other external HDD, my Toshiba loses power in about 5 secs...! It just seems to switch off and then come back on again as if it loses the power source. I have tried using a different USB power cable, but this also doesn't work. There eems to be a sound coming from the Toshiba HDD everytime this happens. This is frustrating as I need to extract files from the Toshiba ASAP. Can anyone help me, maybe I am missing something small here..!?

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It sounds as though your issue is one of in adequate power. Do both the external HDD have their own power source, or are they powered through USB? if they are powered through USB it may be that as soon as the second drive spins up to transfer the files, it overwhelms the limited power of the laptop. You can try it with the laptop plugged in (though this may not provide it with more power than the battery) or by purchasing a usb hub with its own external power source so that it is not drawing power from the laptop, or purchase an external hard drive with its own power source
The other option is simpler and free, and its to copy the files first to your laptops own HDD, then unplug the source external hard drive, and then plug in the drive you want to copy to, then transfer the files from your laptops hard drive. This will of course take twice as long, but will cost you nothing.

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